Persona 4 Arena’s New Version Adds Persona 3′s Yukari And Junpei

By Sato . August 15, 2013 . 8:02pm

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Update: We have more details about how the new Persona 4 Arena characters Junpei Iori and Yukari Takeba play in this post.

Arc System Works recently had a busy weekend where they shared the latest on their upcoming title, Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- at a local test event at one of Sega’s arcades in Akihabara. Famitsu reports that this coming weekend, they’ll be hosting a similar event for a new version of Persona 4 Arena, which will bring Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori from Persona 3 into the mix.

 

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This time, the location test for Persona 4 Arena will be taking place in two locations, at “Hey” in Akihabara, Tokyo; and at the “Taito Station Osaka Nipponbashi” arcade centers.

 

While we still have to wait for this weekend, when Famitsu and others will be updating us on what to expect from the next version of the game, for now they’ve share a few screens showing Yukari and Junpei, who will be joining their buddies Akihiko and Mitsuru in the Persona fighter. It has not been specified whether this new version will be an entirely new title or a downloadable version update to the original game.

 

Here’s a closer look:

 

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The location test will be starting on August 16th until the 18th.

 


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  • Kyle McDaniel

    It’s about damn time Junpei makes it in.

    • TheMightyKamina

      Now,only Koromaru and Ken to go,i prefer the former over the latter,but who knows

  • Michael Connell

    May as well be the first to say it here…Shut up and take my money, Atlus!!!

  • Chris Yuen

    I just woke up, and my day is already made. This news came so out of left field, not that I’m complaining, mind you! Yukari and Junpei aka the Yuka-tan and Stupei Ace Defective combo! Wonder if Vic M will go “ta-dah-dah-dah-dah, Junpei has leveled up!” Can’t wait!

  • Elemiel

    Yukatan and Ace Defective?! GOD MY OOOOHHHH!!!

    • Abysswalker90

      Junpei is a detective? O_o

      • SHSL Big Bro

        it’s an in-game joke from P3

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Looks like there’s room for two more characters up top.

    • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

      Shinjiro!!

      • DragKudo

        Gets beat by akihiko
        Akihiko: Did ya see that shinji?!

        Shinji: Yeah whatever…

      • Misty Dawson

        I don’t care how they do it.. but I would love to get Shinji in this game. It would mean actual Shinji merchandise! Yes!

    • Chris Yuen

      Ms Kashiwagi with Hanako assist.

      • Surgeon of Death

        Hanako at two months…..

    • Wait what

      Original announcement screenshots of the first game had four empty slots for more characters, but when the game finally came out we got even more than that. This one could grow too, especially since they usually add some characters to the console versions and this is arcade.

    • TheCynicalReaper

      What’s with the Pink Ranger outfit Yukari has on? Honestly, is Aigis the only P3 character who has good dress taste? And Junpei looks like a neon blue Shaggy. Not even Mitsuru was safe from the odd clothing choices for them in this game.

      Though she can pull off almost anything…
      …Wish she pulled off almost everything…(get it?)

      • Aisha Lee

        Dress taste? Aigis’s outfit is literally built on to her.

      • Michael Connell

        Guess Neo Featherman has a bigger fanbase than we were lead to believe in P4

      • Sardorim

        Yukari most likely became an Actress after P3 and stars in Neo Featherman show as Neo Featherwoman Pink! She’s on a quest to restore her long lost love so that he may arise as True Neo Featherman White!!!!

        • Chiupon

          I’m glad I’m not the only person who thought that!

          I feel like she probably got pushed into a tv or something while she was at work, i could definitely see Yukari working in film, she did dress like an idol, too.

          Junpei looks like a baseball player.

        • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

          Real life wise, it is her choice of career not only as job or occupation, but her way of instilling hope on people that despite life can be cruel and harsh, it is still worth living.

          It is her way to help Makoto/P3MC ease his burden as the Great Seal— For one day, when people are freed of their nihilistic views, he can also be finally set free and move on to the afterlife to rest in peace.

          • Sardorim

            I can see that as a very good reason for her to honor the memory of the guy she still holds a place for in her heart.

      • Surgeon of Death

        Yukari might be an actor?

      • Xerain

        Well then all of Aigis’s jokes about their taste in clothing would be ruined.

      • XiaomuArisu

        Mitsuru and Akihiko had so called “SWAG” its perfectly normal for them

      • Demeanor

        I think it’s from their special status as Shadow Operatives XD I remember clearly seeing Junpei’s black silhouette during a Mitsuru cutscene about the SO. For one reason or another everyone in that group is dressed weirdly lol XD I must say Iori is really spot-on with the baseball bat, sure wasn’t expecting serious Yukari as a cross between Power Rangers, Star Wars and Gatchaman XD two blank spots: ONE OF THEM FOR THE MC with Messiah+multiple Personas, absolutelyyyyy!!!

    • kmantle

      Please, Tatsuya Suou (for obvious reasons) and/or Mark Inaba (but only if he has an attack/taunt of dancing crazy)

    • konsama

      Mr. Edogawa and Prof. Ekoda!

    • Guest
      • Demeanor

        Bwahahaha it took a while for my brain to process the joke XD

      • http://www.youtube.com/Lyonharvestmoonfan Eduardo Rocha

        I don’t get it T_T

    • Sakurazaki

      I really want Koromaru.

      Oh wait.

    • Ariobimo Wicaksono

      Am I the only one that want a character from either P1 or P2 to appear?
      Like Avidea World’s Maki and Innocent Sin’s Tatsuya, or heck,
      Nyarlatothep and Philemon.

      • Pdugna

        Nope but they would have to link the P3/4 Cast to the P1/2 cast in a better reason then they just met….only real connection they have atm then Igor or slight connections that they are in the same world.

        • Ariobimo Wicaksono

          Well, Nyx appear in Persona 1 as one of the final boss and there is the possibility that the Malevolent Entity is Nyarlathotep. As for Maki and Tatsuya, maybe the chaos caused by ME create some kind of wormhole in Avidea and IS world or something, I don’t know.

        • Fitzkrieg

          Well, there is a bit of a link already. All the Persona games take place in the same universe, albeit having ten years between Persona 2 and 3. The blue butterfly seen in P3/4 is heavily implied to be Philemon, who was killed by the heroes in Persona 2. Nyarlathotep was also killed by the P2 heroes, but was implied to be only temporarily killable, so we can likely assume that Philemon follows similar rules.

          From here on out, this is all speculative; but, going off of the ending of P4A, the two villains encountered are likely to be Nyarlathotep and Chairman Ikutsuki from Persona 3. If Nyarlathotep DOES end up being the villain, then Persona 1/2 characters returning to finish the job is not unlikely.

          The Nyarlathotep theory is supported by the Malevolent Entity taking the forms of the SEES members’ Shadow Selves (something that Nyarlathotep did in Persona 2), as well as having similar motives, speech patterns as well as the same voice actor. Plus, it’s been over a decade since his death and he’s probably regained a lot of his power.

          Ikutsuki is a bit more speculative but, given what we do know about the human outside the TV World who hacked Labrys, it’s not entirely far-fetched. The human in question is known to not have a Persona, and cannot enter the TV world as such, as well as having an intimate knowledge of Kirijo Group systems. Plus, Ikutsuki’s body was never found, and saving someone plummeting to their demise after trying to summon the death of all mankind in order to use them as a pawn in his game is definitely something Nyarlathotep would do.

          Regardless of whether my speculation is true or not, I’m excited to see where the plot goes. I love Persona villains, and seeing the return of the Big Bad would make me unbelievably happy.

          Also; playable Adachi. ArcSys pls.

    • DyLaN

      http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120616223411/megamitensei/images/e/e8/Sousei_Kurogami_image.jpg
      Wouldn’t mind if they add Sousei/Genesis in. Though his persona ability is non combat one so I don’t know how it works lol.

      • Sardorim

        He’s in the non-canon stuff though. Makes sense. THey made Naoto… Grow quite a bit in that spin-off.

        • DyLaN

          Non-canon? Why? I don’t see anything in the LN (so far) tht contradict with P4/A. The LN also have several references to Arena.

          If you are referring to the boobs…. *points to the hotspring cutscene* If you mean the hair, I just chalk it up to rule of cool.

          And yes, part of the LN is translated into english. Just google it.

          • Sardorim

            Arena/Golden contradict it due to sharing around the same time frame. Especially Golden’s ending.

          • DyLaN

            When Arena takes place again?

            Golden ending how?

          • DragKudo

            Arena takes place in may of 2012, golden ending takes place in august 2012. the LN takes place a year after the persona 4 ending.

          • Sardorim

            Indeed. After the P4 Ending not the extra Ending added in P4 Golden which takes place much later as Yu goes to visit again.

          • DragKudo

            the extra ending was in summer of 2012.
            The LN is in 2013 since

            Naoto was sixteen at the end of the game.
            She is Seventeen now. Like someone said before they reference Arena in the LN

          • Sardorim

            Means little due to Golden’s ending taking place so much later and Naoto to VN version is literally impossible with how different she looks. It was stretching it with the P4 original ending. P4G new ending that takes place much later than the P4 one and implies that she’ll be staying there hanging out with Yu anyway for the duration of his next stay.

          • DragKudo

            The golden ending takes place in 2012. and Naoto’s appearance was different in that ending her hair was already growing. Guys this is anime/video game a characters appearance can change so much in a short amount of time. nothing in the LN contradicts The p4 ending or arena. Go online and read it.

    • DyLaN
    • anthony apduhan

      Need characters from Persona 1 and 2! and it will be called Persona All-Stars Arena!

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Okay folks, keep the talk on the topic of the update and new characters.

    • Hinataharem

      And watch everyone miss this post

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        opps lol *jk

  • NimbusStev

    Sweet! I always thought a nice dose of Junpei was the only real thing P4A was lacking. I really hope this is released as DLC. I love this game but I’m not exactly eager to go re-buy it for 2 characters.

    • 하세요

      The amount of patches they are making to characters (even as extreme as changing supers) makes be believe it may be a totally new game.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Junpei is being added?! That means Vic Mignogna :D

    Kind of glad I skipped the original now. It’s going to be like a “Best of” collection of anime voice talent.

    • Wait what

      But… the story…

      • Zeik56

        Yeah, if this concludes what Arena 1 set up then it’s still worth playing, because that story is going to be heavily referenced I bet.

      • Spirit Macardi

        If this is an update though, it’ll probably be the same story just with more characters.

  • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

    This definitely looks like it will be a Sequel and not an update. The famitsu article uses the word “zokuhen” 続編 in reference to the title.

    With the addition of different number of person cards per character, new characters (which means new per-character stories), the potential for two additional characters to be announce (Koromaru plz!!), and additional mechanics adjustments/menus/etc, even if this does get billed as an update, there will definitely be an extension of the story.

    But seriously, Famitsu does call this the Sequel to Persona 4 Mayonaka Arena.

    • Sato

      Yep, although it could mean “continuation” which has been used for updates in other games, as well. Once Arc System Works confirms it, we’ll go with sequel!

  • Aunna Terrell

    lol can’t wait for closer images. At the moment, Yukari looks like she’s wearing a caped pink sentai outfit without the helm. XD

    • Sakurazaki

      Curse you, Neo Featherman!

      • Aunna Terrell

        lol it TOTALLY does look like the outfit for Pink Argus. XD

    • Zeik56

      Don’t worry, she’s got a helmet too.

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Yikes, she’s now a Super Sentai/Power Ranger?

        Ironic that Yu’s US voice actor was a Power Ranger.

        • Servant BerserCAR

          If I’m not mistaken, canonically, Yukari is working as an actress.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      It’s working for me.

  • Michael Connell

    Now before I commence my dance for joy, I must say one thing I’m
    curious about since Junpei’s back is whether or not Chidori’s
    alive…what? I can’t be the only one who liked that pairing. Also curious
    if they’ll reconsider their idea for the original game of having Dojima
    playable

    As for any other characters that could show up, considering Vincent
    made a cameo in P3P…yeah I know they said it wasn’t the same guy, but
    still maybe someone on the writing staff could maybe have Vincent show
    up as a joke or extra character looking like he does in the gameplay
    stages of Catherine (boxers and the sheep horns) and his main weapon is a
    pillow.

    • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

      I’d kill for Doujima to be playable but the Atlus guys already pretty much shot that down. It’d be so awesome though.

      I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Junpei though. His baseball mechanic seems like it’ll be super interesting.

      • Zeik56

        As I recall, the idea was actually to have Nanako playable with Dojima as a summon, which makes sense why they would shoot that down. I don’t think that necessarily precludes Dojima himself being playable with a less silly playstyle.

        • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

          Haha no that was a community joke. I believe in the interview I was reading where one of the design leads was asked “Did you / have you considered adding Nanako as a playable character?” the answer bordered on the offended side.

          “No, why would you even ask that?”

          • Zeik56

            No, I’m pretty certain I remember that actually being the suggestion. I believe one of the head developers on the ArcSys side was the one to suggest it and Atlus shot it down. I’m too lazy to look for the quote, but I’m quite sure it wasn’t just a community joke.

          • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

            You’re right,. kind of. Found the reference:

            http://www.giantbomb.com/persona-4-arena/3030-36274/forums/dojima-was-considered-as-a-playable-character-540805/

            The producer Toshimichi Mori was the one who said Ryutaro Dojima was considered at some point even though he didn’t have a persona.

            Then he joked that Takumi Iguchiya (lead programmer) joked that he would have summoned Nanako but “Atlus would have chewed him out for saying that.”

            Lol, that would be hilarious. Still, I want Doujima playable. Bad.

          • Zeik56

            It would be great if they set aside part of the story in this game to give Dojima a person and make him playable. I wouldn’t even care what his playstyle was.

          • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

            Well, I do hope Dojima would indeed end up as a playable character. It may take some creative planning how to pull his moveset properly, despite being Persona-less.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    MC is going to be the true boss…… beat him to set him free… ANYWAY I already expect Junpei and Yosuke to have some interaction about their lost love ones

  • Chow

    My favorite part about new SMT games is the anticipation of new music. Given that it’s this game, it’s quite likely to be new original pieces.

  • Pythia Brixham

    Dojima. Add in Dojima.

  • TheCynicalReaper

    JUNPEI vs YOSUKE: The Ultimate Best Friend-Off
    Who is the bestest friend of the protagonist(s)? Showdown time!

    Can’t wait

  • Marley Ferreira-Malyon

    Junpei looks badass with that bat.
    And then there’s Yukari….

    ….
    :D

  • KyoyaHibari

    JUUUUUUUUUUUUNPEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII. Add Ken and Koro and I’m set.

  • Jesse Torres

    Hopefully they add more characters.

  • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

    JUNPEI ADDED? BEST NEWS IN THE BRO WORLD EVER

    Still sucks for me since i have a japanese ps3 while living in the west…

    • Zeik56

      Well if this is an updated version with a full release then it may not be region locked this time.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    Shadow P3 MC please!

    • Sardorim

      Watch him be a super cheap secret boss that uses Messiah, Orpeheus, and Orpheus Telos at the same time.

  • Aisha Lee

    I have to say. I’m digging Pink Ranger Yukari.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Some new screenshots and details.

    http://www.famitsu.com/news/201308/16038447.html

    • DesmaX

      Sweet, you can play as shadows now!

      Always wanted to do that in P4A

      • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

        Way out here in ‘tha steeecks!’

    • HershelLousyton

      Battle of the bros.

  • Hinataharem

    I hope Ken and Koro-chan get in on this. Maybe Metis too (they can find some crazy way to fit her in)

    • Herok♞

      Simple Aigis gets massive damage to her armor and then Metis comes out to save her.

  • DesmaX

    Hm, I though he didn’t this method of doing that to work like he wanted to… Wonder why he’s doing it again

  • Herok♞

    Well Minato has to make it in, I think this is the perfect place in plot to save him so that the stories of P3 and P4 can wrap up nicely here.

    • Zeik56

      I’m not really sure how Minato’s presence would wrap up anything. If anything that would add a whole bunch of new questions they have to answer.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        For which they have a new series of movies which could do just that.

        • Zeik56

          Oh jeez, I hope that’s not the case. If they need several movies and a game to come up with a valid reason to bring him back they shouldn’t do it at all.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            The idea of saving the gatekeeper isn’t unheard of or unique in other Japanese works. Heck even the latter half of Galaxy Angel is all about saving Mieufelle.

          • Zeik56

            That’s not really my issue.

        • Barrylocke89

          I’m honestly of the camp that thinks that saving Minato (or I guess Makoto now) defeats some of the purpose of P3′s story. He was a cool guy and it sucks that he died, but his death is a major part of P3′s theme, and it’d just be undoing some stuff.

          Of course, with all the hints from P4 Arena, it looks like that’s going to happen no matter what I think. I’ll live.

          • Sardorim

            Elizabeth will find a way! Yukari and Aigis deserve to see Minato again as does the rest of the P3 Cast!

    • Sardorim

      I agree, it would also help the P3 movies if fans know Minato is destined for a Happy End after all. That and I want to see how an older Yukari will react to meeting Minato, whom she did love greatly in P3, after all this time. That and her reaction to him still being a teenager as he hasn’t aged since the end of P3 for obvious reasons.

  • 07thCrow

    Is it just me or does Yukari look A LOT like Ms. Toriumi now?

    • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

      I was thinking the same

      • Zero_Destiny

        Me three.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Kindred spirits towards the male of the species having an effect?

  • DongT

    holy crap awesome, we need to get the rest of the p3 crew in this!

  • VWinds

    I’m placing money on Kei Nanjo being announced later.

  • ChiffonCake

    Here’s hoping for some P2 characters.

    • alixraen

      Tatsuya, Maya…Hitler?

      • DongT

        nyarlothotep plzzzz

        • Zeik56

          That one actually seems likely, albeit probably in a different form than in P2.

          • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

            Nyx appeared in a different form in P3 than she was in P1. so this might be possible

        • Lynx

          They were hints in Arena that that was the Malevolent Entity so it wouldn’t surprise me.

          Who else would know about Shadows, Personas and all that jazz other than something that had experienced it already?

          • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

            Hope the Malevolent Entity/Nyarlie’s indeed the boss of this game.

  • Tyler Beale

    Console update incoming?

  • Nanaki

    Juuuuuunpeeeeei :’( Take my money!

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Yukari!!!!!! >_<

  • Shane Guidaboni

    OMG!! Yes!!! Finally! I’ve been waiting for this! I always wanted more P3 characters in this game.

  • Cerzel

    While I passed on the original partly because I thought something like this might be coming, I might pick this up.
    That is, provided it’s not region-locked this time.

    • Zeik56

      I think there’s a pretty good chance it won’t be. There were several contributing factors that lead to that happening that could easily be avoided now that they know what could happen. Plus Index may not be around much longer, and they’re clearly the ones that forced it to happen in the first place.

  • Maia Kasoya

    I’m just happy a year-old hope of mine is finally coming true, yay Junpei~
    And Yuka-tan, too~.

  • Rishtopher

    1) Margaret
    2) Adachi (Yes I know. I don’t care, make it work!)
    3) Theo

    • Zeik56

      I could live with Margaret, but Theo seems pointless. We don’t need that many Velvet Room attendants. At least add like Igor or some of the P1/P2 attendants.

      • Rishtopher

        The game kinda looks like it’s trying to stage itself as a P3 vs P4, so imo, P1 and P2 characters would seem out of place. Did P1 even have Velvet Room attendants besides Igor?

        Also, I love Theo’s design, so I don’t mind him before there. Though I’d prefer Margaret. As long as Margaret or Theo make it in instead of Mary (if they add any more VR people at all), then I’m happy. Igor, I’m not really a fan of, but I can deal.

        • Zeik56

          Pretty certain Belladonna and Nameless (the piano player) were in P1.

          • Rishtopher

            Are you sure? I checked the wiki and it says they’re in P2. I never played P1 or P2, so I can’t be sure myself.

          • Zeik56
          • Rishtopher

            Welp, that answers my question but doesn’t change my mind lol.

  • http://lookingglass.kokidokom.net/ gundamjehutykai

    And players everywhere are hoping for mitsuru to be nerfed. Even just a little bit!

    Yukari should be interesting to see how she plays. Wasn’t her preferred weapon a bow?

    • Zeik56

      Yep.

  • Servant BerserCAR

    What are the other game developers doing?

    Blazblue Chrono Phantasma, Xblaze: Code Embryo, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign,
    and now this…

    if the other fighting game developers don’t take action
    now, ArcSys will going to take over the world on 2014.

    • Mc-kun

      All for Arc taking over the world.

  • Trevor Nicolaysen

    Did anyone else notice the persona images are shown under the character images in battle? Can you choose others maybe? :o

    • Aunna Terrell

      So… We can choose basic or the ultimate forms of their persona?

      • personablaze

        Maybe to do some new IKs?

        Would be nice to see everyone with there Ultimate persona(Bcz story reasons)

      • Trevor Nicolaysen

        Probably not, but my fingers are still crossed!

  • Sardorim

    Yukari is Neo Featherwoman?!

    I hope she’s secretly aiding Elizabeth in trying to get back P3 MC! She deserves to at least see him once more, she didn’t even get to say goodbye! *weeps*

    • Zeik56

      Considering half the point of The Answer was her accepting that she can’t bring him back I kind of hope not.

  • Trinity

    Oh, I hope this means P3′s MC AND the Female MC can be playable too! Oh, and Shinjiro? PLEASE? PRETTY FREAKING PLEASE?

    • Slayven19

      No no p3 MC please, the whole point of the answer would make him being in the game worthless.

      • Trinity

        Considering that the FeMC never got her own “Answer”…but we’re not going to tallk about that. Just give me Shinji. PLEASE.

  • Total_Overdose

    Playing as Stupei: Ace Defective? I’m in!

    • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

      Ace ☆ DEFECTIVE

      Case Still Open.

      • Surgeon of Death

        HA!

  • Surgeon of Death

    Dreams do come true. Now excuse me while I continue my FANGASM.

  • SlickRoach

    Crap. So I basically wasted my money on the first one. Well at least it was a real fun fighting game, i should have seen a “super” version coming like with Street Fighter games.

    • Total_Overdose

      Well there has been conflicting news reports on whether it’s an update (that will presumably be available for download) or a whole new physical release (like a GOTY edition). I’ve even read a few sites that have been calling it a sequel (which is obviously wrong).

      • Zeik56

        My guess is that it’s a “sequel” in the same way that Continuum Shift was a sequel to Blazblue.

        • Total_Overdose

          That’s what I was thinking.

      • Lynx

        How is it wrong?

        Unless they completely rewrite the story to include Junpei and Yukari, I don’t see anything BUT a new game.

        Plus you still have the unanswered questions that popped up at the end of Arena.

      • Slayven19

        I think it is a sequel because of the new characters being added. I don’t think weather its a download or not matters about it being a sequel or not.

    • Zeik56

      I definitely don’t regret buying it. Not only was it a fun fighting game, but I got to experience the story that will inevitably lead directly into this game, and help fund the continuation of the series at all.

    • Slayven19

      I don’t regret buying it at all and I expected a sequel of sorts down the line anyway.

  • Surgeon of Death

    Jumpei with hair?! BOSS STATUS ACHIEVED.

  • AverageGamers

    To be honest, now I’m really glad I haven’t had the chance to get the original title… guess I’ll just wait until the new release haha XD

  • HershelLousyton

    YES! My bro Junpei is in a fighting game!

  • Sardorim

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/668b21acbd54fe1cfeaba49da407bc35/tumblr_mrlvmvKh6e1sffbdbo2_500.jpg

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/cde38d209d4752c221f901df9f7cc968/tumblr_mrltzropBW1sffbdbo2_1280.jpg

    Look at those smiles! Junpei is freaky and Yukari went full Yandere! No one is getting near her Minato/Makoto!!!

    Aww.. Shame, I can’t show both images.

    • personablaze

      Shadow Yukari <3

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Shadow Yukari = Twice the beeotchiness of her boss battle in The Answer?

        • personablaze

          I love dat Beeotchiness~

        • Sardorim

          To be fair it is reasonable for her to be angry as she was the closest to Minato and the game strongly supported her as his lover. So of course she would be jelly that Aigis got to say goodbye and she didn’t as Minato had a special bond with Aigis as well.

        • Michael Connell

          Considering how Shadows tend to converse with the people they come from, that’s bound to be an interesting scene

      • Sardorim

        Yes, she aged very well! Such a classy woman!

    • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

      the dere will be strong in this one

  • Dagobert

    I was going to buy Persona 4 Arena but I guess I’ll hold off until it’s confirmed whether it will be a downloadable update, DLC or a new (same) game.

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Seems there’ll also be Shadow versions of each characters.

    Heck, means Shadow Teddie’s back too.

    • Zeik56

      That reminds me, I really hope this means they can get Dave Wittenberg back as Teddie. I’ll pay whatever price they want if they make that happen!

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Hopefully, but seems they might stick with Sam Riegel for consistency’s sake.

        • TokkanRAM

          You mean Sam Riegel.

          • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

            Ah, thanks for the clarification. Fixed.

        • Zeik56

          I could see that happen, but it wasn’t exactly consistent when they changed it in the first place, and he basically just emulated Wittenberg anyway. I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t return, but I may have to pester Atlus from now until it’s announced to try and get them to do it.

  • natchu96

    And it looks like Yukari’s hair length is different again . . .

    I mean, it’s been a long time since we last saw her by game time, but how long is it? I still don’t know.

  • http://thespellcraftcolumn.wordpress.com Rudolph Consuegra

    I don’t get Yukari’s Power Ranger get-up and Junpei looks like he’s been… experimenting. There are two empty spaces on top. My OCD is annoyed at them so hopefully there will be two new characters as long they are Persona related.

    • TokkanRAM

      Apparently, Yukari’s an actress and plays the pink ranger in a sentai series.

      • http://thespellcraftcolumn.wordpress.com Rudolph Consuegra

        That did occur to me but I just can’t picture her as one. Can’t complain though since she and Junpei were added.

  • Michael Connell

    I wonder if we’ll see another installment of “Junpei’s Believe it or Don’t”

  • Slayven19

    Hopefully Margaret is a playable character this time as well. Still these 2 are good enough for me yep :).

  • tobi

    So… Yukari became Ms. Toriumi?

  • tobi

    President Tanaka should be a playable character. I can already imagine his special move with “Jika Net Tanaka” playing in the background!

    • XiaomuArisu

      Over the airways to yooooouuuuuu!
      Granter of your desires!

    • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

      Like Naoto and her Fate Gauge gimmick, Tanaka must also have his own play style gimmick. Maybe a Money Gauge that if he inflicts damage it rises to a certain amount, he’ll have buff effects?

      • Zeik56

        His gauge will be almost identical to Naoto, except once he gets enough money he just buys the victory with his full screen unblockable super.

        • tobi

          Jika Net Tanaka! We’re the only miracle left in this sad and desolate world! That’s the Tanaka gurantee!

  • http://yaminoseigi.blogspot.com/ Yami no Seigi

    seems like P3MC appearance in Arena in some way would be imminent

  • XiaomuArisu

    Have no fear!
    Junpei is here!
    Hope its an update,I just bought the game…

    • TokkanRAM

      From the sounds of all the system changes, it probably isn’t an update.

      • XiaomuArisu

        So it a Sequel?
        Still need to finish the storymode of P4A

  • zferolie

    I’m looking at that Character select screen, and it looks like 2 more spots could be filled… Maybe Persona 5 Characters? SMT characters? The dog from Persona 3 or some other character?

    • Zeik56

      My guess would be either the remaining P3 characters (Koromaru, Ken), some more side characters from P4 (Margaret, Dojima), or completely new characters. I can’t imagine we’ll see any P5 or SMT characters.

      • tobi

        I want to see a Ken Amada and Koromaru tandem!

        • Demeanor

          That would be pretty awesome, Doujimbo style XD they’d be OP tho, small stature + long reach + pet attacks, ouch!

      • JustThisOne

        Oh my god. Seriously, that dream they had about the Dojima with a Nanako persona can finally come true!

        “No fighting!”
        *PERSONA BREAK*

  • https://twitter.com/A_Beast_of_Prey Equinox K

    Persona 4 Arena Golden—calling it.

  • Isaac Newton

    Junpei becomes a ramen delivery boy?

    • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

      He wields a baseball bat. Maybe he became a popular rookie Baseball batter.

  • Hatsoon Mike

    I look forward to playing the PAL version in 2016

  • Zak Ledward

    I’ll just wait patiently for them to announce Marie as the next new character
    (Shadow Marie as persona plz)

    • Isaac Newton

      I second the notion!

  • JustThisOne

    Ack! No waaay! I just got P4A a month ago or so too! :P

    I guess I’ll just have to play my money’s worth until this comes out then. :P

    • Zeik56

      I don’t expect to see this on consoles for another year or so, so you’ve got plenty of time.

  • http://takopako.tumblr.com takopako

    NEED. NEED. NEED.

    I LOOOOOOOOOVE Junpei and kind of like Yukari. I bought the original and will buy again for him.

  • Wondering_Zero

    So excited for this update! As soon as they announce a console release I’ll probably be in training mode until it gets released. Shoryuken.com has a translation of the famitsu article along with some of the recorded changes to characters, along with how Junpei and Yukari play. As of now though, the Shadow versions of each character seem to sound overpowered even with their loss of burst. Though I’m not gonna be worried since it’s still only the first location test.

    http://shoryuken.com/2013/08/15/new-version-persona-4-arena-to-include-yukari-takeba-and-junpei-iori-from-persona-3-location-tests-scheduled-for-august-16-18/

  • leingod

    Yukari <3 … love her. Hope the version gets ported to Vita :D

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Junpei looks like a cokehead baseball player, and Yukari looks like a magical girl.

    • Testsubject909

      I think this is a problem of culture here.

      If you ask me, based on what I know of anime and manga, Junpei looks more like a fisherman or some sort of lowly physical worker with a lighthearted attitude. His appearance leads to that stereotype, from Japan’s viewpoint that is.

      Kinda like how Minato’s hairstyle in Japan is just a popular regular hairstyle whereas for the North American audience it’s emo.

  • XypherCode

    They really should just drop the ’4′ and name it only Persona: Arena
    lol

    • JustThisOne

      Or Persona 3/4 Arena! It’ll be a fraction! *___*

      • Zeik56

        Persona 3/4 Arena 2: The Third: 358/2 Days

        • JustThisOne

          PERSONA 4/3: THE ARENEST

          It’s the most Arena you can get. You’re getting a third more Arena than you’ve asked for. *___*

        • NeoStrayCat

          Or a subtitle that would make sense like the previous P3/P4 upgrades like FES and Golden, anything is possible at this point. :3

      • XypherCode

        I like it xD

  • raulrain

    Thats . . . . . . Beyond my wildest dreams!!!!!!! Go Forth Persona 3 !!!!

  • Tarlol

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH ARC SYS AND YOU TOO ATLUS

  • Quacker

    2HYPE!2HYPE!2HYPE!2HYPE!2HYPE!2HYPE!2HYPE!2HYPE!2HYPE!

  • Ouryu

    I want a playable P3 protagonist with Orpheus.

    • DragKudo

      messiah

  • Lemon

    Now I can relive that weird dream I had a long time ago about Yukari fighting Chie, for some odd reason. I think it was a battle to decide who pulled off the short hair look better. Like I said, strange dream.

  • Prinnydoom

    Holy crap. That is awesome. Hello dlc characters ^__^

  • Aerozeta

    Although this is pretty awesome news, I hope they make new art for the returning characters such as Naoto. She has the same art as the original in that versus screen.

  • Vitonofrio del Rosso

    after the shit they pulled with p4a, they should give them as FREE dlc char, or as a global 3$ dlc pack…

  • ndjn3979

    Excellent.

  • $61526767

    O___O…..-Runs out the door- Aw shit.. here we go! My nigga Junpei!

  • bushin

    Guess it goes without saying, but this means they’ll be balance changes to come as well and that is what’s getting me excited!

  • tobi

    Vincent Brooks would kickass in this game!

  • Guest

    Ok, Atlus/Arc. Provided this gets localised, give Europe (and therefore Australia) a release date that’s somewhat concurrent with the US. Then we’ll talk. :3

  • Guest

    They Should also add Yuuki :)

  • Demeanor

    I’m having a blast with the comments, adding Junpei and Yukari to the mix really is a breath of fresh air for this game XD with their quirks and personalities, and the way they could interact with the P4 cast. Personally I would like to see the advanced Personas for the P4 cast, it could work like this: leave the character moves like they are or make only minor adjustments, then change the appearance and moveset of the Persona moves + specials and super (a lot of work, I know) so that gameplay gets more difficult and technical but potentially more rewarding with practice, it would be a way to keep balance but make both versions viable. I wonder if Shadow chars are just aesthetically different…
    How would the Nyx Avatar be for a charater? XD

  • Arizato

    Just got up, started browsing as usual, being bored. Then I read the headline for this article and started shaking. Now I seem to be stuck in blissful happiness. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS IN WEEKS!

  • chibiwall

    you have only to annunce it on vita too :v

    • TheExile285

      Would be kind of a missed opportunity of that didn’t. Maybe we didn’t get vanilla P4A because they were planning this.

  • Testsubject909

    I’m curious. Are they going to keep story canon in the gameplay by making Junpei constantly regenerate his health in battle?

    Not by much, extremely slowly sure, but nevertheless eternal regeneration.

    • TheExile285

      That would be very interesting.

      • Testsubject909

        If they work Junpei out proper to reflect how he played, he should be a walking tank.

        For close range, he’ll have his trusty two handed sword on top of some very powerful hard hitting, though they could always make them slow, physical Persona attacks. For long range, he’d have access to different attack types or Agi attacks.

        But really what could make Junpei approachable to newcomers would be playing a patient game with fire attacks from afar to pester the enemy and threaten them with powerful attacks up close and the use of Marakukaja to either increase his defenses or give him Hyper Armor so that his hard hitting attacks would go uninterrupted, making him quite the worrysome adversary with a constantly regenerating health to top it off.

        The question now is how to balance that out. Perhaps slow recovery time leaving him a bit more wide open to attacks, making you require more timing otherwise you screw yourself hard despite the advantages given and maybe a reliance on close range attacks with rather weak magic for long range which can be useful for chipping away at health but very little else other then to annoy or lead an opponent to close range combat.

    • Arcana Wiz

      That could be interesting, but a low regeneration… please nothing like unlimited hazama levels…..

  • Neppygear

    I am now very happy that I skipped out on P4A out of rage.

  • theman_714

    prayer circle for:

    1. REGION FREE
    2. FOR THE PSVITA TOO!

  • RichyGaming

    And we still don’t get Dojima and Nanako…

    • Arcana Wiz

      maybe in a new game Atlus let Arcsys do this?

      • RichyGaming

        There was a debate on whether to bring in Nanako but nope, that was crazy talk lol. As for Dojima, he apparently couldn’t join the battle because he didn’t have a persona or something that makes him stand out, I forgot.

  • artemisthemp

    I just want Marie to be in the game.

  • ssj3gokou24

    Will this be an update to people who already own p4? Or, will it be a stand alone title? Like umvc?

    • Arcana Wiz

      gematsu have reported that famitsu reported that it will be a new game, but cause i cant read japanese i cant confirm anything.

  • Aristides

    It would be awesome if the released this as a new SKU and ported it to vita along all the other fighting games XP

  • http://thespellcraftcolumn.wordpress.com Rudolph Consuegra

    Heard Akihiko we supposed to have a suit.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Junpei looks kinda odd with that hair…

    • Savage Sui ♥

      He does kinda. I’m not used to seeing him with such long hair in comparison to his old ‘do yet… .w. lol.

    • DyLaN

      Glad I’m not the only one. He looks a bit…. off lol.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Junpei and Yukari YES! All that’s left now is Ken and Koromaru!

  • Rhiwion

    I don’t know about you but all this build up smells like Persona 5 is going to be a big pile of mash up between 3 and 4… which would suck honestly.
    Don’t mind this if it turns out to be a entirely separate entry whatsoever but the plot in Arena just screams sequel and Arena 2 doesn’t seem likely imo.

    Still waiting for SMT IV in Europe. ):<

  • Niyari

    The updated version of Persona 4 Arena is not currently planned for a release in the US, an Atlus representative tells IGN, and is an “arcade-only update.”

    ohhhhh happy days.

    • Unknown7

      Trust me, it will eventually come to the US.

  • SpaceOfSoul

    I actually enjoyed P4A, even though fighters aren’t really my forte. Seeing as Yukari and Junpei are being added to the roster, guess I should go back and practice a bit on the game.
    I have yet to beat story mode on there as well. TBH though…. story felt a bit boring.

  • Jake_Indiman

    I want my Margaret vs Elizabeth battle!!!!!

  • Asuna Ilano

    Still needs P3 MC/Minato Arisato/ Makoto yuki

    • Unknown7

      Did you even finish Persona 3?

    • Asuna Ilano

      Dude, I’ve played Persona 3 for like a hundred times and it’s still one of the best RPG games I’ve ever played. And I think I know where you are getting at. But hey, I don’t mind if he’s just in the form of Shadow like in “The Answer”.

  • Warboss Aohd

    Da Orkiest Persona User iz here ta make everythin’ betta……..not dat it wasn’t great ta begin with.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Okay guys, this is getting off topic and the article was already warned. deleted.

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